De’ils In The Fish reel

Also known as The Devils In The Fish.

De'ils In The Fish has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: De'ils In The Fish
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF|GDB,D GDBA|GDEF GDBA| GDEF GABc| d^cfe d=cBA|
GDB,D GDBA|GDEF GDBA|Gedc BAGF| G2 G2 G2:|
DE|ABAF D2 GA| BcBG D2 AB|cecA BdBG| Ad^cd D=cBA|
GFGB ADEF| GABc dedc|BAcB AGBA|G2 G2 G2:|
GA|(3BcB (3ABA GDEF|GABA G2 AB|(3cdc (3BcB ADEF|GABc dedc|
(3BcB (3ABA G2 AB|(3cdc(3BcB A2 Bc|(3ded (3cdc (3BcB (3ABA|(3GBA (3GBd g2:|
FG|(3ABA (3GAE DFAc|(3BdB(3GBG DGBD|(3cec (3AcA (3BdB (3GBG| FAdd dcBA|
G/A/B FA GBdB|G/A/B FA GBdB|(3ABc (3Bcd (3cde (3def| gGBA G2:|

Five comments

De’ils in the Fish

A reel from Whinham. The ABC is taken from Graham Dixon’s "Book Remember Me" I have included the third and fourth parts as given by Dixon but for myself I find them a little too elaborated and usually stick to the basic tune occasionally using bars1 &2 and 5&6 from parts C &D as variations. More skilful players might enjoy all the twiddly bits

I like this at steady hornpipe speed and can play the triplets then. Are you sure it is a reel?

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De’ils in the Fish

You could be right hetty….. but the tune doesn’t have the usually 3 crotchet ending of the hornpipe, so I looked it up in the Fiddler’s Tune Book and it gives it as a reel.
I just tend to think that the variations over ~elaborate a good tune .

I’d say it was a hornpipe too.

Hornpipe!!! ~ as it sits in the books with two pages of other hornpipes

But things are mixed elsewhere. Nothing states it is a reel and I have to agree with Hetty & Dow, it looks and feels like a hornpipe, aside from being sandwiched between two… It also has that classic ending for the A & B parts ~

~ | G2 G2 G2 :| and the lead-in to start ~ |: (3ABc |

& not forgetting all those triplets… Reels by the man are actually rare, and one in the book is given in 2/4 and has no triplets at all…

"Remember Me: The Fiddle Music of Robert Whinham"
Graham Dixon
Wallace Music, 1995
ISBN: 0-9511572-1-3

Page 19: "The De’ils in the Fish"